Our Spectralis 4D HD OCT shows more of your eye than standard examinations

t’s crucial to visit an optician at least once a year and have an OCT scan. Did you know that the majority of eye conditions lie beneath the eye’s surface? It’s therefore incredibly difficult to know when you are suffering from a problem.


During your annual check-up, our expert team will look into your eyes for signs that could indicate a potential problem. Occasionally, a thorough examination is needed and this is when we will use a state-of-the-art camera called an OCT (which stands for ocular coherence tomography). The camera will take an image and a scan of the retina (back of the eye), including parts that can’t be seen from the surface.


A few years ago this type of camera could only be found in hospitals that dealt with more complex eye cases. However, a small number of opticians now use an OCT to help them accurately diagnose an array of conditions.   

The camera works by taking a series of snapshots of various parts of your eye. The images are then combined to create a 3D image which is sent to your optician’s computer. Once our opticians have received the image, they are able to enlarge it and examine it in great detail, looking for even the smallest indication that you could have a problem.

The process is completely painless; all you have to do is rest your chin on the stand provided and look directly into the camera’s lens. Remember, the majority of eye conditions don’t have any symptoms. That’s why we strongly recommend that you have your eyes scanned using OCT at least once a year; especially if you are over 40, as you are at a higher risk of developing certain eye conditions.

If you would like more information about OCT imaging, or to book an appointment for an eye examination, please call our friendly team on 020 8524 2887.